Dead Men Walking by Hupfen

Champion(s):

Goldenboy
Fifteeeeeeeeen


Runner(s)-Up:

HallR


Quiz Description

The report of my death was an exaggeration. - Mark Twain

Sometimes, people get ahead of themselves and produce obituaries for other people who are not quite dead. Below are 12 questions about 12 men who - according to them, at least - didn't really die when people said they did.

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Questions:

Alfred Nobel saw his premature obituary which contained this epithet that disturbed him so much that he created the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Merchant of Death

This writer was believed dead in 1916, due to injuries sustained in the Battle of the Somme. He survived to publish an autobiography about WWI, Good-Bye to All That.

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Robert Graves

Melody Maker published a satirical concert review in the 1970s that led fans of this shock rocker to believe he had died. In response he issued a statement saying "I'm alive, and drunk as usual."

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Alice Cooper

After suffering a stroke, this black nationalist read his own obituary which described him as "broke, alone and unpopular"; he then suffered a second stroke and died for real.

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Marcus Garvey

It wasn't a hoax: this showman requested that his obituary be published while he was on his deathbed so he could read it. The New York Evening Sun obliged, with a footnote that he was still alive, on March 21, 1891.

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P. T. Barnum

It was a hoax: two radio DJs claimed in 2001 that Britney Spears had died in a car crash along with this other singer, her boyfriend at the time.

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Justin Timberlake

James Brady was shot in the head and prematurely declared dead by broadcast TV networks during a failed attempt on this politician's life.

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Ronald Reagan

In 1998, Pittsburgh Pirates announcer Lanny Frattare mixed up this actor, who had not died, with Martin Luther King's assassin, who had.

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James Earl Jones

Fats Domino was thought to have drowned during this natural event, though he had safely evacuated to Baton Rouge at the time.

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Hurricane Katrina

This deceased author appears in several episodes of BoJack Horseman, claiming to have faked his 2010 death to avoid further unwanted media attention.

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J. D. Salinger

Arthur Livingston sold his South Carolina house in 2009, and in the process was erroneously reported dead by this major bank; in typical big bank fashion, he was still listed as dead as of 2012.

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Bank of America

A website dedicated to the mortality status of this actor, the subject of numerous premature obituaries and many long-running jokes on the topic, finally required updating upon his genuine death in 2016.

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Abe Vigoda